Final Fantasy XVI will only be a temporary PlayStation 5 exclusive. It was already clear that part of Sony’s strategy with PlayStation 5 is to feed its catalog with temporary exclusives. As you can imagine, the company prefers to avoid mentioning that these games might be on other consoles, so sometimes these issues are not entirely clear. Luckily, we now have a better idea of what will happen with Final Fantasy XVI.
When Sony announced Final Fantasy XVI in September of this year, it was revealed as a PlayStation 5 exclusive (although it was first said to be coming to PC as well). At the time it was not specified whether it was a temporary exclusivity or if PlayStation 5 would be the only place to play it.
Now, the official PlayStation 5 site has been updated to show off some of the games with temporary exclusivity on consoles. Among them are Death loop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, Bethesda titles that will soon be coming to PC. What is striking is that the list also includes Final Fantasy XVI and Forspoken (formerly known as Project Athia), games that Square Enix is preparing for PlayStation.
Final Fantasy XVI on Xbox: Why not?
With this, it is clear that Final Fantasy XVI is a temporary exclusive. This opens the door for us to see it on PC and Xbox Series X|S sometime after its release.
The bad news is that there is still no indication of when we can expect to see this version, if ever. Anyway, Square Enix and Xbox have a good relationship and several games in the series are available on Xbox. So it seems only a matter of time before its arrival on Microsoft’s console is announced.